Stand Up to Cancer Sets Fourth Fundraising TV Special
Joel Gallen and Gwyneth Paltrow return as executive producers of the Sept. 5 one-hour telecast, airing simultaneously on 30 networks, including the Big Four.
Stand Up to Cancer is getting its fourth TV special.
Following broadcasts in 2008, 2010 and 2012, the Entertainment Industry Foundation's cancer awareness program will return with a one-hour fundraising telecast on Friday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. ET, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Commercial-free broadcasts will air simultaneously across major networks ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, in addition to 26 other broadcast and cable channels: American Forces Network, Bravo, Cooking Channel, Discovery Fit & Health, E!, Encore, Encore Espanol, Epix, ESPNews, Fox Sports 2, FXM, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Logo TV, MLB Network, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, Palladia, Pivot, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, Starz, TNT and VH1.
There will also be a Canadian co-broadcast for the first time this year, featuring specific content that will air across the four major Canadian networks: CBC, City, CTV and Global.
Returning for the second year are executive producers Joel Gallen and Gwyneth Paltrow. Though no details were announced, the program—taking place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood—will feature performances from "top recording artists and celebrities from film and television" with the aim of sharing stories of progress made through SU2C research.
"We are all in this mission together: to turn cancer patients into cancer survivors. It is an honor to be part of a show and a movement that sets a great challenge and works tirelessly to meet it,” Gallen said in a statement. “This terrible disease has taken too many loved ones and on this special night, we're working together to raise awareness and funds for the groundbreaking research that is saving people's lives. This year, our commitment is stronger than ever—we expect the top names in film, television and music to join us on September 5th.”
Added Paltrow: “Cancer profoundly touched my life when I lost my father to the disease 12 years ago, and Stand Up to Cancer gives me a powerful platform to fight for a cause that I’m passionate about,” she said. “I am thrilled to join Joel Gallen to executive produce the Stand Up to Cancer telecast again this year, and honored to continue standing up in my father’s memory."
Stand Up to Cancer has raised more than $261 million in support of its cancer research programs.